In the past hundred years, the population of the contiguous United States has shifted from living in mostly rural areas to urban and suburban areas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, urban areas make up only 3% of the entire land area of the country but are home to more than 80% of the population. Whereas 97% of the country’s landmass is rural but only 19.3% of the population lives there. And that population is dwindling with each passing year.
With that in mind, Dirk armed himself with a camera and microphone and embarked on a five-state journey to extract the history of the American countryside, the modern challenges of living in isolated places, and the remarkable beauty in one of the least visited regions of the country.
Click here to read the full Route 2 Elsewhere podcast recap.